Monday, November 09, 2009
Viewing the stunning new Lake Wingra Dam on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon in November
The construction that has been going on the last few months in Vilas Park at the Lake Wingra outlet to Wingra Creek is finished, and the resulting new Lake Wingra Dam is a real beauty. In the place of the former dumpy little structure built a century ago, the new dam arcs around in a graceful concrete semicircle. As you can see in the little video clip, the dam creates a natural amphitheater that seems to amplify the sound of rushing water for observers on the sleekly geometric observation deck and fishing platform. The concrete lip of the dam has been rounded to make it easier for spawning muskies to leap over, and it should be quite a sight -- with a much better angle of view for observers -- next spring. The City Engineering website has more information about the dam, its history, planning and design.
These runners were looking it over Sunday afternoon. The weekend was a great time to view the new structure. The construction fences are finally gone. And as the runners' gear attests, the high temperature both Saturday and Sunday was 71°F. The weather was absolutely surreal. As T said, it was like stolen time. Everywhere you went this weekend, people flashed each other mischievous, conspiratorial smiles. We all knew we were getting away with something we weren't really entitled to.